Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu (Quechua: Wayna Pikchu)


Known as a sacred mountain where historically the high priest and local virgins resided, Huayna Picchu is home to several sacred temples, including the Temple of the Moon and the Great Cavern.

In Quechua, the name for the mountain, “Wayna Pikchu,” loosely translates to “young” (or “young man”) (wayna) and “pyramid” (pikchu), for its tall pyramidal form.

Huayna Picchu stands above Machu Picchu, “lost city of the Incas,” and the Urubamba River in the Cusco Region of the Urubamba Province in the Machupicchu District of Peru.

Country: Peru

Mountain Range: Andes

Height: 8,835 feet / 2,693 meters

Fun Fact: Part of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) was filmed on the stone stairway of Huayna Picchu.



Close up view to top of Huayna Picchu with terraces, Machu Picchu, Unesco World Heritage site, Sacred Valley, Peru | Uwe Bergwitz
Close-up view over Inca city of Machu Picchu. Near Cusco, Peru. Unesco World Heritage site, one of the new wonders of the world. | Paul1982Dutch
Views from the climb up Huayna Picchu which overlooks Machu Picchu. This is a demanding but exhilarating climb with unrivalled. | Andy Wilcock
View to top of Huayna Picchu with terraces, Machu Picchu – Peru | Lukas Uher
Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu in clouds | K. de Graauw

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